Hurricane Igor Leaves Bermuda Behind, Moves on to Canada

September 21, 2010
Update, September 22, 8:48 p.m. EDT: Hurricane Igor has moved out of the Atlantic. No additional cruise impact has been reported. This will be our final update.

(9:10 a.m. EDT) -- Hurricane Igor has moved away from Bermuda , and should reach Newfoundland, Canada, later today.

Although the island is no longer experiencing hurricane or tropical storm conditions, Holland America has made the decision to alter the itinerary for today's Veendam sailing.

The Associated Press reports that trees and utility poles on the island were blown over and that several boats, including a ferry that is used to bring cruise passengers to shore, ran aground.

A port representative has confirmed that damage to the island was minimal and that cruise lines are welcome to resume scheduled calls.

Bermuda resident and Cruise Critic member 32N64W says,"Luckily, the system seemed to come apart at the last minute and what we got was a Cat 1 storm - which was still pretty nasty but not as bad as expected.... We've had no fatalities, very few injuries. Trees down all over but hardly any property damage, bar a few flooded living rooms and damaged roofs. We're getting power back fairly quickly on most parts of the island. The beaches are, well, gone. But they'll be back soon, as we hope you all will be! "

According to the National Hurricane Center's 8 a.m. EDT update, Igor is now located about 150 miles south of Newfoundland. Maximum sustained winds remain near 75 miles per hour. The storm, which is predicted to become an extratropical cyclone later today, is moving toward the northeast. The center of Igor is expected pass near the southeastern tip of Newfoundland later this morning.

Meanwhile Lisa, the twelfth named storm of the season, has developed in the Atlantic. It is currently located about 530 miles west-northwest of the Cape Verde Islands. No coastal watches or warnings are in effect, and at this time, there is no cruise impact.

Tropical Storm Julia has dissipated.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

Rather than returning to Bermuda today as scheduled, Holland America's Veendam will call in Charleston, before moving on to Port Canaveral on Wednesday and Nassau on Thursday. Veendam is scheduled to return to New York on Sunday.

Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports

A hurricane watch is now in effect for Canada's Newfoundland coast from Stones Cove northward and eastward to Fogo Island. Additionally, a tropical storm warning is in effect for the coast of Newfoundland from Burgeo northward and eastward to Triton.

A number of ships are scheduled to call in the Canada/New England region this week, but no itinerary changes have been announced at this time.

Large swells generated by the storm will continue to affect the East Coast of the United States through Tuesday, and the south-facing coasts of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland for the next couple of days. Swells affecting Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Virgin Islands and portions of the Bahamas are expected to subside within the next couple of days.

Stay tuned.

--by Shayne Rodriguez Thompson, Web Content Producer

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